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Ready Wise Foods

For all food types, we recommend a cool, dark, and dry storage area. 

Each individual serving requires approximately 1 cup of water. 

The hotter the water the faster the freeze dried food will be re-hydrated and ready to eat, however most of the foods can be re-hydrated and ready to eat with any temperature water. 

All of the Ready Wise foods are packaged in airtight Mylar pouches. These pouches are then arranged in durable polyethylene buckets for easy storage. 

Please refer to the individual food/pouch label for individual item ingredients. Milk, soy, and wheat (gluten) are found in some of the products. No product offered by Ready Wise includes any shellfish, fish, peanut, or tree nuts in the ingredients. 

Ready Wise’s wholly owned and operated manufacturing facility, “Cottonwood Manufacturing”, does not manufacture any products that contain shellfish, fish, peanuts. Cottonwood does, however, manufacture a limited line of Non-Ready Wise products that do contain tree nuts.

Cottonwood does source raw materials from suppliers that manufacture other products in a facility that could contain trace amounts of shellfish, fish, peanuts or tree nuts.

Ready Wise and Cottonwood Manufacturing have a very aggressive allergen control program. They require each of their raw materials suppliers to provide them with a Certificate of Analysis with accompanying test results verifying that the raw materials provided are free from any trace amounts of shellfish, fish, peanuts and tree nuts. Additionally, through internal allergen identification, storage segregation, and sanitation practices, every effort is made to ensure all Ready Wise products are allergen free.

In optimal storing conditions, ie., cool, dry areas with a temperature range of 50-55 degrees, freeze dried and dehydrated foods will last up to 25 years or more.

In order to achieve the best possible taste and quality! Certain ingredients set-up and taste better when freeze-dried (vegetables, fruits, meats) while others do better through dehydration. 

Ready Wise takes a unique and innovative approach to food production for camping and long-term emergency preparedness. The ready-made entrées, meats, vegetables and fruits may be freeze-dried or dehydrated. However, both processes promote an extremely long shelf life.

  • Food maintains its original flavor, shape, color, and texture
  • Food better retains its nutritional value
  • Food is condensed, taking up less space
  • With all of its water extracted, food is extremely lightweight
  • When water is added, the food completely reconstitutes itself

Most customers receive their Ready Wise products in 10-14 business days from the time it is ordered. In times of high demand, delivery times can range from 14-28 days.

Ready Wise is dedicated to providing dependable, simple and affordable ready-made freeze dried and dehydrated foods. Ready Wise has a long track record of customer satisfaction and produces products of the highest quality, best tasting, best priced and the most available.

Scroll down to the bottom of each product page. There you will be able to see an image of each individual food pouch along with its corresponding nutritional information. 

Depending on order size/weight, packages will be shipped through FedEx or LTL carriers.

Yes, you will receive an automated email with tracking information and estimated delivery dates. 

That is completely up to you! Many people find that Ready Wise foods are so economical, easy to prepare and delicious to eat, that they use them on a daily basis. Entrees are also great for camping, hunting, fishing, backpacking trips, etc., or even a quick and easy, grab-n-go work lunch.